August Sunshine posted 08/08/13

Lots of interesting tit bits to catch up from today. First of all, don’t forget ‘Birds of Poole Harbour’ will be at Durlston CP on Saturday morning for their annual Bio-Blitz with the Stour ringing group. We’ll be doing a ringing demonstration at 8am, so for the possibility of seeing birds like Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler and Whitethroat in the hand you should definitely try and make it down. ‘BoPH’ will also be presenting a talk at 1pm.

We have now switched the other Brownsea Lagoon camera on which will be focusing on the wader flocks and winter duck. Already some great shots of Spotted Redshank, Turnstone, Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank

Brownsea Lagoon Webcam

A catch up on the Poole Harbour Marsh Harriers shows that there is definitely two but possibly three chicks that have fledged. The nest is still being monitored most days so we’ll be able to see them flying around a lot more very soon. In the mean time check out these great photos by local photographer Aidan Brown

A Dorset Diary

The next BoPH walk is ‘Late summer at Middlebere’ on Saturday 7th September. We’ll be looking for Autumn migrants around this unique and unspoilt habitat.

Late Summer at Middlebere

Finally some sightings, where highlights from today included a Wood Sandpiper, 7 Greenshank, 5 Common Sandpiper, 8+ Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat and a Crossbill. On Brownsea today 8 Avocet arrived back along with 200+ Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Turnstone, 7 Greenshank, 5 Spotted Redshank, 3 Ringed Plover and still 150+ Common Tern still on the lagoon. At Arne/Middlebere a Spoonbill has returned and up to 4 Whimbrel, 2 Spotted Redshank and 4 Common Sandpiper were reported.




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